Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. Irene’s most recent feature film is Beware the Slenderman, was released by HBO. Her 2014 film, One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp won a Prime Time Emmy award for Best Children’s Program. Irene’s debut feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and went on to win numerous Jury and Audience awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Irene followed the life of a single bird found coated in oil, and with HBO made Saving Pelican 895 which won a 2011 Emmy for its affecting musical score and sound design. Irene has also worked as a journalist with CBS News, made numerous television documentaries, and for 10 years worked as a Himalayan mountain guide. She speaks fluent Nepalese, American Sign Language and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and New York University. She is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and she founded Vermilion Films in 2006.
About The Films
Between Sound and Silence documents the process in which cochlear implants and other modern technologies have transformed the experience of deafness.
Homeless: The Soundtrack – After being taken away from her parents as a baby by the state and given up for adoption, singer-songwriter “Cami” Jenni Alpert went searching for her birth father. She finally finds him: homeless, toothless, addicted. And a musician, just like her.